In my dating experience, boyfriends have come and gone who brought this hobby into the mix. Those experiences have always ended negatively in which I was required to conform to gaming in order to retain our relationship or leave. Well, for the most part, it ended. When I met my husband in October 2007, the big joke was that if I had waited any longer; we would not have met. The reason being was at the time; he was demoing Hellgate London. That particular game was the topic of many of our first conversations. I didn't mind hearing him talk about because there was strong passion in his voice whenever his hobby was come about. In the first few weeks in dating, we agreed to a schedule which looked like: working til 2pm, come home shower, eat, watch show, 2-3 hours of gaming, and then by the time 8-9pm rolled around--he would come over. This routine lasted for several months, but my patience began to wear pretty thin. It boiled down to me giving him an ultimatum of gaming or me! He kept saying that he didn't have to choose, and we could find a compromise or middle ground. The middle ground became moving in so we could be in close contact during gaming. I hate to admit it, but I do game with him. However, not as much during the school semester. But I've really come to love World of Warcraft (WOW).
I absolutely hate new release days for games, especially Spore and Final Fantasy 13 were midnight releases. After the drama at the store over Spore, I sent him to Gamestop by himself for FF13. The other annoying thing about new release days is knowing that I have to give him at least 48 hours or more to play the game hardcore before he can come back down to reality. The other really irking thing about new release days is the fact that he will come to bed long enough for me to fall asleep, but then I know he's sneaking out of bed to go play his game for another hour or so. The upside to this is knowing that at least he is still in the house, and the female characters won't jump out of the TV set onto him. I must admit too that during the summer when I trying to get 3 months of hardcore WOW gaming that I do sometimes forget that I am neglecting him too.
Although, a lot of the time I feel like a widow; most of the time we use gaming time as a means to strength us-time, and it has given me a new outlet/appreciation for his hobby.